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Game of Thrones

Book Release: “The World of Ice and Fire”

Oct 23, 2014

You’re probably going a little bit mad these days. Game of Thrones has been off the air for almost six months now and you can’t even trick yourself into thinking season 5 is coming...

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Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire Series Finale: Eldorado

Oct 29, 2014

Boardwalk Empire is over, but there remains the unfinished business of the winners and losers. If you haven’t watched the finale yet, beware of spoilers! The final episode mostly tied up...

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The Knick

The Knick Renewed for Season 2

Oct 24, 2014

HBO’s sister station Cinemax has produced its own original series for some time now. But this year may have been a standout in viewer’s minds because for the first time an A-list...

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New Movies

Movie Review: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Oct 25, 2014

Destiny, friendship, brotherhood, family, and some awesome Greek mythology – what could be better for a family-friendly Saturday night? If you’re looking for a fun time with the...

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Latest HBO News

Judd Apatow Confirms a 12 Episode Season 3

Judd Apatow Confirms a 12 Episode Season 3

UPDATE: HBO has actually confirmed this already.  But if this was news to you– Celebrate all over again! Ahh, the magic of Twitter.  A world where even a common man or woman can ask the most famous, talented people in the world anything and quite possible get a reply!  Or even a reply that breaks news.  Today an anxious fan tweeted Girls co-creator Judd Apatow with a simple question: “Why aren’t there more episodes of Girls?!” To which Judd replied: “@erikaalaniz: Why doesn’t @girlshbo have more episodes ???? :( @juddapatow”next year there will be 12. — Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) March 26, 2013 From...

Peter Dinklage on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Peter Dinklage on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

HBO is launching a full assault for Game of Thrones season three promotion this year.  With dragons invading skyscrapers all across the country and amazing premiere events in major cities fans are getting to know the actors and producers of this unprecedented show like never before.  The latest front was on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night where Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) charmed audiences with his wry sense of humor not unlike the character he portrays on Game of Thrones.  Here’s the clip: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Daily Show on...

HBO Films: PHIL SPECTOR Review

HBO Films: PHIL SPECTOR Review

Overview: HBOWatch has actually given a good overview of this movie over the past half dozen posts. However, to set up the piece one last time here is the synopsis as taken directly from an HBO press release: Los Angeles, 2007. The trial of music producer Phil Spector (Al Pacino) for the 2003 death of actress Lana Clarkson is fast approaching. Attorney Linda Kenney Baden (Helen Mirren) arrives at a makeshift command center to meet with a team of defense lawyers, paralegals and assistants presided over by lead attorney Bruce Cutler (Jeffrey Tambor). Kenney Baden, who is battling flu-like symptoms, agrees to give her assessment of the case,...

New Five Minute Trailer for HBO’s Vice

New Five Minute Trailer for HBO’s Vice

HBO has extended their previous VICE trailer to a whopping FIVE MINUTES with their latest offering.  Take a look: The staff of HBO are very excited for this show debut on April 5th (that’s Fridays after Real Time with Bill Maher for the more regular HBO fans out there). Between the already confirmed and much talked about story of basketball diplomacy and the other trailers we’ve seen we’re sure to have something to talk about every Monday morning for the foreseeable...

VEEP Season 1 Blu-Ray & DVD Combo Review

VEEP Season 1 Blu-Ray & DVD Combo Review

Have you been fighting the winter blues?  Have you been craving a good laugh? Well you are in luck because HBOWatch has been lucky enough to receive a copy of the complete first season of  VEEP on Blu-ray out Tuesday March 26th and fans are not going to be disappointed! It is chocked filled with tons of goodies for fans of the series. So let’s get down to business. THE SEASON One of the reasons I love HBO shows is the network’s decision to let each show grow into its strengths. VEEP is a prime example of one of those shows. Yes, it is about the Vice President of the United States, Selina Meyer, played phenomenally with precision...

Controversy and Debate Over HBO Films: PHIL SPECTOR

Controversy and Debate Over HBO Films: PHIL SPECTOR

On 03.24 HBO premieres HBO Films: PHIL SPECTOR starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren. This telepic, under the guidance of David Mamet, brings to light not the whole story of the music mogul but the intense and odd murder trial that he found himself at the heart of in 2007.  The film is Mamet’s exploration of the client-attorney relationship between legendary Phil Spector (Pacino) and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden (Mirren), who represented Spector during his first trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson. Though HBO as yet to air this movie at the time of this posting it has had a premiere showing and a number of people have weighed in on...

The Stars Come Out for Seattle’s Game of Thrones Season 3 Premiere

The Stars Come Out for Seattle’s Game of Thrones Season 3 Premiere

HBO spared no expense last night at the Seattle Game of Thrones premiere where a select group of “Westeros VIPs” were given a private screening of the first episode of the new season.  Before the showing stars of the series walked the red carpet while members of the press asked questions.  The entire red carpet event was streamed live into the theater where non-Press VIPs could see the their favorite characters as they approached. Who was there, you ask?  None other than Maisie Williams (Arya), Sophie Turner (Sansa), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), John Bradley (Sam) and Natalie Dormer (Margery)....

This Just In: GETTING ON gets a Series Order

This Just In: GETTING ON gets a Series Order

Another project we have been tracking makes it onto HBO; this one from the creators of BIG LOVE. Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer are returning to the channel with the U. S. version of GETTING ON. It derives from the BBC comedy that has appeared for three seasons. Pictured at right are the original’s creators/leads Joanne Scanlan, Vicki Pepperdine and Jo Brand who will serve as executive producers for HBO’s version as well. Here is a bit of a description pulled from our previous GETTING ON post and the link for the entire piece: The comedy takes place in a women’s geriatric extended care wing of a somewhat rundown hospital...

HBO Documentary Film: AMERICAN WINTER

HBO Documentary Film: AMERICAN WINTER

Overview: As the economy slowly recovers from the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, an increasing number of families are caught in a daily struggle to meet basic needs. At the same time, the social safety net intended to help those in crisis has been weakened by budget cuts, creating a perfect storm of greater need and fewer resources for the vulnerable. Viewed through the stories of eight families, AMERICAN WINTER reveals the devastating fallout of the mortgage meltdown, unemployment, the health care crisis and a shrinking social safety net. Included in the film are interviews with local economic experts, policy analysts,...

Martin to Cameo in GAME OF THRONES Season 3

Martin to Cameo in GAME OF THRONES Season 3

Executive Producer David Benioff made a brief statement claiming “You will see him” in Season 3 of GAME OF THRONES. The “him” is George R. R. Martin, creator of HBO’s acclaimed fantasy series. The two were holding court Tuesday night at an Evening With GAME OF THRONES event at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The evening, presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, had a packed crowd as the producing team warmed people up for the show’s premiere on 03.31. It was not mentioned in what capacity Mr. Martin would appear onscreen so fans here at HBOWatch can speculate all they want. Will he be glimpsed as a background...

ENLIGHTENED: Cancelled After Just Two Seasons

ENLIGHTENED: Cancelled After Just Two Seasons

HBO has just lost that ENLIGHTENED feeling. I could also argue that America itself never felt so inclined because the show, sadly for me, has been dropped due to low ratings. Let me give you some numbers: Season One had a total of 0.17 million viewers and Season Two premiered on 01.13.23 with 300,000 viewers and concluded on 03.03.13 with 220,000. The viewing audience just dwindled to a number that caused HBO to take longer than usual to determine the fate of Mike White’s series resulting in the cancellation. The site TVLine had a Q & A with creator/writer White before the ruling. Here is an excerpt: TVLine asked – So I...

Girls Season 2: Totally Not Together, At All

Girls Season 2: Totally Not Together, At All

Love it or hate it, people are talking about Girls. One of the most original and arguably one of the most brilliantly written, shows on television, Lena Dunham and company have caught our attention. Watching the first few episodes of Season 1 was, dare I say, skin crawlingly uncomfortable. As the season progressed, however, the raw artfulness of Lena Dunham’s world began to shine through, overpowering the awkward factor and making me a true believer in the genius of Girls. The second Season was strikingly different. While Season 1 had a serious comedy lean, Season 2 was an emotional roller coaster, with episodes running the gamut...

HBO Films: MARY AND MARTHA Trailer

HBO Films: MARY AND MARTHA Trailer

You know the drill. In the way productions are promoted around here first comes the Tease and then comes the Trailer. We gave you the Tease for MARY AND MARTHA just the other day now here is the 1:26 Trailer for the HBO film for April. It appears to be a passionate character drama of these two mothers, played by Hilary Swank and Brenda Blethyn and their goal, which bonds them, to make a difference. This writer will give his usual ‘gut reaction’ review to this HBO Film presentation shortly after it premieres on Saturday,...

Modcloth now selling “Lena Denim” dress

Modcloth now selling “Lena Denim” dress

Though her style can be, ahem, questionable at best, Modcloth has nevertheless taken to Hannah’s wardorbe and decided to start selling a dress based on her affinity for denim. The aptly named “Lena Denim” dress is now available on Modcloth.com for $64.99. And not only the name is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the 26 year old writer/director/actor/producer; the description for the dress reads: “Becoming the voice of your generation – or, perhaps, ‘a’ generation – is all about expressing yourself. Why not let your wardrobe in on the fun?” Well done, Modcloth. Well done. No word yet on if...

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